Sydney, July 28 : the ICC's decision to let Pakistan host the Champions Trophy in September has been described as being stage-managed while downplaying the risk of terrorist attacks in the country.
Cricketers Association chief Tim May said the ICC's 20-question answer sheet was "irresponsible" because it compared Pakistan's security to India's and Spain's, while security experts considered Pakistan significantly more dangerous.
"It is a mischievous attempt by ICC to compare the two events. There is a vast difference. In Jaipur, there was no intelligence of further attacks. In this case, there is a well-documented history against Westerners in most cities of Pakistan ... The reference to Jaipur was irresponsible," the age.com.au quoted him as saying.
ICC executives were also instructed to say that the Champions Trophy could still go ahead if players pulled out because the South African Twenty20 world championship was a success even though many key players were missing.
PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf said at the weekend he was not worried about the prospect of top players pulling out: "If some players do not come it would not make any difference. It would be their loss to miss a mega event."
But, May said that if senor players decided not to play in the tournament, then it would affect the tournament: "We must remember the players they listed were all Test players and who are not in the scheme of things when it comes to Twenty20 cricket. In this case, we are talking of players who will rightly be part of the squads because of their value in the 50-over game. So if they refuse to take part, it will definitely affect the tournament. This attempt to dress up the whole thing is ridiculous."
May said he would go to Pakistan as part of ICC's taskforce on security in Pakistan, and would deal with the concerns of the cricketers.